The development team of the free and open source image editor GIMP released GIMP 2.10.10 yesterday to the public. GIMP 2.10.10 is the first stable release of the program in 2019; the last release dates back to November 2018.
GIMP is a cross-platform open source image editor that is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. We have followed the development of GIMP since our initial review of the application in 2005 on Windows and on Linux. Ghacks writer Jack Wallen published several GIMP tutorials here on this site in the past that offered tips on using layers, adding brushes, or changing the perspective of images.
The last major version of GIMP, version 2.10, was released in 2018. You can download the latest version of GIMP from the official project website. Note that the release is still in the process of being added and that it may not be available for all supported operating systems yet.
GIMP 2.10.10 — What is new
More than 770 commits went into GIMP 2.10.10 that improve the program in many ways. Several of the built-in tools were improved in the new release.
- Bucket Fill tool is now easier to use and supports a new smart colorization mode called “fill by line art detection”. Designed to make sure that all pixels get filled, it may improve how GIMP users use fill operations in the software.
- GIMP users may now use the Ctrl-key modifier to pick surrounding colors on canvas without having to use the Color Picker tool.
- Option to fill “more areas” by keeping the mouse button pressed while using “fill similar colors” and “fill by line art detection”.
- Transformational tools received various improvements including the following:
- Unified Transform keeps the aspect ratio when scaling up or down.
- Scale scales from the Center.
- Perspective Transform got new “constrain handles” and “around center” options.
- Option to “readjust” added to several transformation tools designed to readjust transform handles based on the zoom level.
- Transform directions forward and backward can be linked.
- The Heal tool got the new “Sample merged” option to make changes on a separate layer to preserve the original data.
- Improvements to 32-bit parametric brushes.
- Brush and pattern creating from the clipboard supports duplication now to save these so that they can be available permanently.
- Quick option to open brush as image under Brushes.
- Support for on-canvas layer selection.
- Save and export improvements, especially for XCF files.
- Faster rendering of layer groups.
- Improvements to the Mac OS X build that include improved HiDPI/Retina support.
- DDS plugin is now a core plugin.
- Spyrogimp plug-in has been rewritten.
- Circular, Linear, and Zoom Motion blurs got new on-canvas interactions.
You can check out the full changelog on the GIMP website.
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